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You may have heard about a football game coming up this Sunday, in a really large stadium shaped like a really very huge glass goblet used for serving punch, but with thousands of seats instead of juice and chunks of fruit floating in it.We can’t say its name, even though it would be really super if we could, because we’d have to pay a bunch of money to mention the game and how we, right around the same time that it is going on (starting at 3:30 p.m.), would love to invite you, our esteemed readers, to the Tiger Lounge, at Grace Su’s China Gorge, so you can enjoy yourself with cold beverages from our bar, and fine Chinese cuisine from our kitchen, while the five large-screen TVs are tuned to the only football game on th...

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In the Chinese zodiac, the year 2017 makes this the year of the rooster. If you were born in the year of 2017 ,2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, etc it is your year, and you get to celebrate on Saturday, Jan. 28.The Chinese zodiac characters are also associated with one of five elements (gold, water, wood, fire and earth). So, this year is the first in 60 years (since 1957) that the rooster has been associated with the “fire” element.People born in such years are said to be trustworthy, attentive to the clock and punctuality at work.Some of the most famous “roosters” include Bob Marley (born 6 February 1945), a Wood Rooster; Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969), an Earth Rooster; Jennifer Lopez (born July 24, 1969), an...

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Chinese cooking involves a lot of stir-frying. At Grace Su’s China Gorge, we do our frying with rice bran oil – because it makes for better frying, and because it’s more nutritious.From a practical standpoint, it has a high smoke point. In other words, it can be heated to above 450 degrees during stir-frying before it begins to burn and smoke. That quality allows higher frying temperatures, which are critical to sealing in moisture and flavor, while maintaining crisp (that is, not soggy) ingredients.“I can tell the difference in how food comes out,” says Grace Su. “It’s not greasy. You don’t have any after-taste.”On top of that, it’s good for you.Research in India shows that ric...

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At the China Gorge, according to Grace Su, the three most popular dishes are Hot & Sour Soup, Dry Style Green Beans, and Gen. Tso’s Chicken.“They’re neck and neck,” Grace says, smiling at the thought of three dishes from her menu, racing like horses to the finish line.A few months back, we saw a great little documentary film that left us with a few earth-shaking facts.
There was a General Tso. He was a military man, not a cook.
Gen. Tso never made a flavorful dish called Gen. Tso’s Chicken.
In fact, nobody in China has heard of the dish. Why? Because it was invented in New York City, after which it spread to every corner of the United States.

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If you subscribe to the Netflix video service, you can check out the film. We think you should, because it celebrates our most popular dish, and also provides a great look at the history of the discriminatory attitudes in the United States toward the Chinese immigrant population.
One consequence of laws that limited business activity by Chinese immigrants was to push those immigrants out of cities like San Francisco and into small towns everywhere.
That’s how America ended up with one or more Chinese restaurants in nearly every town of any size.
Later, after a creative chef in New York created his version of Gen. Tso’s chicken, the dish spread like wildfire throughout the land. Every chef in every kitchen put his or her spin on the recipe, so it doesn’t always taste the same.
But it always taste good.
Grace says the version at China Gorge is totally unique, the creation of ChefWeixiong “a Hong” Wu.

Here we are in November, and thoughts turn to great food and time with family during the holidays.What better reason to think of bringing your small or large group to China Gorge.Planning a holiday party? Call us about reserving space in our 60-seat Meeting Room or the 35-seat Tiger Lounge.Family groups are easily seated throughout the restaurant.So our staff can enjoy time with their families, we are closed on both Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, and Christmas Day, which is a Sunday this year.But in both cases, we will be open the night before so the Head Chef in your household can relax a bit before tackling holiday meal prep at home.Join from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on either Thanksgiving Eve (Nov. 23), or Christmas Eve.We’re looking forwa...

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TV... fine. but not as nice as..

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TV New... and soooooo much biiger

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Notice how the new, 70-inch screen dwarfs the decorative wall lighting. Both photos were taken at the same corner, at the same distance, to show the relative improvement in screen size for viewing enjoyment.
As of this week, the Tiger Lounge at Grace Su’s China Gorge boasts two of these bad boys … to go with the three smaller TVs, which now sit behind the bar.
For college football fans — or fans of other sports, depending on the day of the week and time of day — this lineup is definitely headed for the Hood River Cocktail Lounge Championship.
So, are … you … ready … for … some … FOOTBALL?

“What’s on tap?”

Good question, these days of so many craft brewers.
For the record, the Tiger Lounge pulls from six taps, one of them rotating. Ask your bartender for the name of the current guest tap.
The five pours always available include:

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Widmer Hefeweizen – A Pacific Northwest legend from the kettle kitchen in Northeast Portland, this unfiltered wheat beer delivers smooth finish with bright citrus notes, perfect for a hot summer day at 4.9% ABV and 30 bittering units.

Green Flash West Coast IPA – A flagship release from this San Diego brewing juggernaut, it features five different hop influences and pours at a robust 95 bittering units and 8.1% ABV.

Goose Island IPA – Gold medal winner from the Beverage Testing Institute and Great American Beer Festival, the Goose IPA out of Chicago offers a lighter expression of the IPA-style, with 55 bittering units and 5.9% ABV.

Atlas Blackberry Cider – Pouring north from its home in Bend, Ore., the Atlas Blackberry benefits from a little elderberry, too, finishing tart and dry but definitely drawn from Oregon’s most … conflicted? … berry bud.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy – Light, refreshing and bright with the zest of lemon peels and coriander, this shandy cries out for just one more. Proof positive that large brewers can make great beers.

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Jenna Newcomb is happy that the Tiger Lounge at Grace Su’s China Gorge is happy to host Washington State Cougar fans eager to catch a game on the Pac-12 Network. Oregon fans are just as welcome to sip a cold one or order up some munchies for their Tiger Tailgate session.

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